Definition of incalculable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkalkjʊləb(ə)l/


1Too great to be calculated or estimated: an archive of incalculable value
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  • Of incalculable value, this collection consists of works and paintings that Picasso gave to his family members and the majority of the exhibits in the collection have not been seen in public before.
  • Its value was just £3 but for Mr and Mrs Harrison its sentimental value was incalculable.
  • In The People's Forests, Marshall proclaimed that public ownership was ‘the only basis on which we can hope to protect the incalculable values of the forests’.
enormous, immense, huge, vast, innumerable, countless, without number, numberless, multitudinous
2Not able to be calculated or estimated: the odds against such an event are incalculable
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  • The buildup has continued, and any misreading of signal - it could be a flash point that could set this thing off - and the consequences are really, they're incalculable.
  • The only possible threats that can emerge are anonymous forces that are absolutely unforeseeable and incalculable.
  • In the twenty-first century, our Fable for Tomorrow is not some disaster we are trying to avert but a vague, incalculable, and potentially serious threat to our children's health.
2.1(Of a person or their character) unpredictable: under the pressure of anxiety his temper became incalculable



Pronunciation: /ɪnkalkjʊləˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • ‘The refugee is a scandal for philosophy, and specifically for epistemology,’ explains Dillon, ‘in that the refugee recalls the radical instability of meaning and the incalculability of the human.’
  • The seeming incalculability of millions of stolen lives and billions of unpaid hours of labor must not preclude justice from achieving fruition.
  • With freedom comes an incalculability - and thus the world can never be reduced to mathematical logic.


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  • Mumbai is India's largest city - with an official population of 18 million and an actual population incalculably higher.
  • That regulation made New York City an incalculably safer place to live and work.
  • In discarding the idea of keeping just one day a week sacred, we may have lost something incalculably precious.

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